Veretout, 22, signed for Villa from Nantes last week for a reported £7 million fee, having racked up a career-best seven goals and seven assists in 40 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.
He became the club’s fourth summer signing from the French top-flight after fellow midfielder Idrissa Gueye [Lille, £9 million], left-back Jordan Amavi [Nice, £10 million] and striker Jordan Ayew [Lorient, £8.5 million] and, having faced all three in recent seasons, believes manager Tim Sherwood has done some shrewd business.
“I know these players, I played against them the last two seasons,” he said. “I have played with Jordan Aamvi in the French national teams. I know him well and we get along very well together.
“With regards to Jordan Ayew, I played recently in a friendly against him. He is a very good striker, a very good player.
“With Gueye, I played against him and his Lille team last year. He is a very good midfielder.”
Sherwood, meanwhile, has stressed that Veretout will need some time to adjust following his move to the West Midlands but the France Under-21 international himself believes his aforementioned teammates will prove a big help during the settling in process.
“Yes, of course it will help me,” he added. “But it’s also on me to work on my English.
“I’ll take lessons so I can speak to everyone as soon as possible and I can integrate with everyone.”
A versatile midfielder, Veretout operated as No. 10 for much of last term but also impressed when used in a deeper role, suggesting that he has the all-round skills needed to succeed in the Englsih top-flight.
Already compared to Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in style, he made his Villa debut in Saturday’s pre-season finale at Nottingham Forest as a second-half substitute but, after looking somewhat sluggish, a starting spot in the weekend’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth is no guarantee.
Nevertheless, having earned rave reviews in France over the past 12 months and been tipped for a first senior international call-up, the expectation is that he will be a regular in Sherwood’s side before long.